I guess the Obama Administration has decided to cut out the middleman and go directly to hiring people who already have criminal records, eh? Did the Obama “vetting” team somehow miss this?
In the annals of vetting, this will go down as the most laughable miss ever: Vivek Kundra, the D.C. official tapped by Obama to run government technology, pleaded guilty to a theft charge in 1997.
Kundra is currently suspended from his White House job as Yusuf Acar, a manager in the D.C. office Kundra headed, faces bribery charges unrelated to Kundra’s 12-year-old theft. When Kundra, an advocate of free Web-based software like Gmail, was first named to the CIO post, tech enthusiasts hailed his nomination as proof that Obama took their concerns seriously. They have fallen strangely silent as Kundra’s reputation has grown tarnished. One of Kundra’s few remaining defenders, TechPresident’s Micah Sifry, noted Kundra’s work in “theft and fraud prevention” as he wrote Sunday, “We believe people are innocent until they’re proven guilty, right?”
Right. Here’s some guilty for you!
Maryland state records show that a Vivek Kundra pleaded guilty to a theft of less than $300, for which he received supervised probation before judgment and a fine of $500, $400 of which was suspended.
Read the whole thing. I suppose, given Obama’s record of endorsements back in Chicago, it’s possible that this sort of thing seemed small by comparison. Heck, these days any number that doesn’t have “trillion” on the end qualifies as petty theft.